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Call For Poetry
January 3-February 16, 2024

Red Butte Garden


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January 3-February 16, 2024

Calling All Poets!

Spring is right around the corner, which means it's time for Red Butte Garden's 9th Annual Spring Poetry Contest. Poets of all ages are invited to enter original, spring-inspired poems. Eleven winners will have their poems displayed in the Garden's poetry boxes and on the Garden's social media platforms this April and May in celebration of National Poetry Month.

Check back this January 3-February 16, 2024 for a link to register.

Submission Guidelines

  • Categories: Adult (ages 18+), Teen (ages 13-17), and Youth (ages 5-12)
  • Open to Utah residents only
  • No more than 24 lines
  • Must be the original work of the author
  • Must be themed around springtime or relevant to Red Butte Garden
  • Must be appropriate for all ages
  • Must be submitted by the published deadline
  • One entry per person
  • By submitting a poem, the author grants Red Butte Garden a license to publish and reproduce the poem online and in other media.

Poems will be judged according to the following criteria:

  • Inspired by nature
  • Relevant to the spring season or Red Butte Garden
  • 24 lines or shorter
  • Appropriate for all ages
  • All entries judged blind with authors' names removed from each entry before judging.

Take a Garden Poetry Walk to find our eleven poetry boxes.